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larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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8/31/2015 | 5:27:55 PM
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Yeah, hivemind: Why does Flash still live?
jnskm
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jnskm,
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8/31/2015 | 5:08:05 PM
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@larryloeb:

I think @mejiac has a good point. There are many Flash developers who are very good at what they do and they have been creating animations, games, etc. for many years. It is hard to change course especially if you've been doing something and doing it well for a long time.

Despite the performance and security issues related to Flash, I think Flash is still the easiest way to get animation and video up on the web. That might be another reason why. One more reason might be HTML5 animation/video development tools might not be as robust as Flash? Any other ideas?
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 4:49:05 PM
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@larryloed,

If I had to take a stab at answering, I would say it has to do with product delivery and cost. Many developers and designers know flash inside and out. Many sites (like facebook and those focused and game content) favor flash since the delivery and turn around may be quicker.

What does do community think?
larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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8/31/2015 | 4:43:19 PM
Re: HTML5
I say again:

why is Flash even being used?
larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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8/31/2015 | 4:41:53 PM
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@jnskm

So, why is Flash still being used?

I don't get it.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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8/31/2015 | 4:26:30 PM
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To add to your comment,

Back in 2009, the company that I was working for was already working on getting away from Flash as part of there web development. Aside from becoming early HTL5 adopters, the performance issues with flash were enought to motivate the dev team to move away from flash development.

This announcement is of no surprise. At the end of the day, Flash is still a layer on top of the browser, requiring it's own updates, so sooner or later it was goign to run it's course, and even more so given how much web traffic is generated from smartphones and tablets that don't support flash
jnskm
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8/31/2015 | 4:20:43 PM
HTML5
Reminds me of when Steve Jobs wrote "Thoughts On Flash" way back when. Flash is great for animations and videos, but it does seem to be riddled with performance issues (requires a lot of hardware resources) and security issues. The computers I have start to sweat a bit (fans start spinning faster and the entire system starts to run slower) when Flash is running (games, videos, etc.). I wouldn't mind having an alternative that requires less hardware resources and less security risks. I think that would be HTML5.

If/when the transition from Flash to HTML5 is complete, we can once again have parity between iOS devices, Android devices, and PCs when it comes to animations and videos. And our devices will run faster, last longer, and hopefully with less security issues. But I'm sure it will take some time; it's been 5 years since Steve Jobs wrote that article...
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